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Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health

Pregnant woman

YSPH faculty focus their research on a broad range of maternal health conditions, genetic susceptibilities, nutritional, and environmental exposures during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period and their associated child health outcomes. Our research is implemented through prospective birth cohorts, pre-conception cohorts, randomized controlled trials and mass spectrometry analysis. Research areas are diverse ranging from miscarriage risk, to the effect of air pollution on fetal growth, to the impacts of obesity and gestational diabetes on childhood metabolic health, and the genetic pathways associated with pre-eclampsia and childhood asthma.

Practice-based research and initiatives

YSPH’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty partners with many local and global organizations and many others to develop and implement pre-and post-natal community-based and interventional research projects targeting HIV prevention, promoting group prenatal care, mother and child nutrition, including breastfeeding. 

A component of the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches for Community Health (REACH) project is focused on reducing the racial disparities among Black women breastfeeding, specifically in New Haven